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WEST COUNTY --

April 07, 1993

Duct tape stretched across road damages vehicle

A Howard County police officer driving on Route 144 early Sunday morning drove into a strip of duct tape that had been stretched across the road. The tape bent the car's antennae, which struck the windshield and cracked it.

The officer was not injured, but police said the stunt could have seriously hurt someone.

"That's extremely dangerous," said police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner. "Even if kids think it's a childhood prank, they may not realize the implications."

The officer could have lost control of the car, or a motorcyclist could have been seriously injured, said Sgt. Gardner.

The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. near McKendree Road in Glenelg as the officer responded to a suspicious vehicle call at the county fairgrounds.

Police have no suspects, but ask that anyone with information call 313-2266.

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